Minutes of NHBUG Meeting – 10 July 2017

This Meeting was held at The Settlement. Letchworth Garden City. Meeting started at 2pm, chaired by Marilyn Kirkland.
11 members attended. Also attending were: Councillor Tony Hunter and Guy Brigden from Hertc CC.
Apologies received from: Councillors Fiona Hill, Derrick Ashley, Steve Jarvis, Ian Mantle, Paul Marment, Simon Bloxham, Michael Muir, and from Yvonne Young.

Matters Arising from last minutes
Prior to the meeting Guy Brigden circulated details of the survey results on the 90/91 route. He attended the meeting and answered points. It is not possible with the current resource to provide a service to satisfy all, but the survey indicated that the current timetable is providing the best revenue return by increasing the number of fare paying passengers.
It was ackowledged the choice of 5 minutes or 5 hours in Royston was not ideal leaving people to use the train service as the only other option. This is not free to concessions but does, at least, have a 50% reduction after 10am.
Details of the survey result will be put online at the NHBUG site,

Replies to our invitation to the political parties to state their policies on buses and transport in Hertfordshire resulted in replies from Labour, Conservatives, and Greens which are published on our website.
Real time information in Letchworth is now available at the Gernon Rd. stop but not in Station Rd. and only for Arriva services.

Bus services
There was a lack of information about the future of the 27 service Royston – Bishop Stortford.
Some infrastructure problems were noted : e.g. no light on shelter opposite Ivel Court Letchworth,  and Bear Lane -  Ashwell. temporary stop in safe place needed while old house being renovated blocking the pavement.
Uno are now running a service (614) from Hatfield to Edgware, and Queensbury tube station (Jubilee Line).
The 55 service has been reduced to
½ hourly during off peak times,  “to reduce delays… caused by traffic congestion”.

Next Meeting.
Will be Tuesday 10
th October 2017 at 2:00pm – 4pm at Baldock Community Centre. SG7 6DH
                                                  David Wakelin – Secretary: North Herts BUG.

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